Workers in Spokane, Yakima, Pasco, Olympia, and beyond to rally, march & more — because "$15 is just the beginning. Inequality ends with us."
Tens of thousands of workers to take action across the country, including numerous cities in Washington State; culminating with major march, rally, and more snaking through downtown Seattle
On April 15th, well over a thousand fast food workers, homecare workers, retail workers, immigrant workers, drivers, adjunct professors, students, and others across Washington State will join tens of thousands more across the country in the biggest nationwide mobilization yet in the fight against poverty-wage jobs, culminating late afternoon in the streets of downtown Seattle.
United under the call that "$15 is just the beginning — Inequality ends with us," workers will rise up from Spokane and Yakima to Olympia and SeaTac before it all comes together in a major march snaking through Seattle from Occidental Park to Seattle University — with several stops at corporate locations along the way. (Map of locations available online.)
Workers won $15 in Seattle last year. But we'll see on April 15th that from Seattle to Yakima and Spokane to Olympia, $15 is just the beginning...
MAJOR ACTIONS ACROSS THE STATE:
9:00 am: Gather at Fred Meyer shopping center, 400 S Thor Street, Spokane
Homecare workers, fast food workers, students, and other supporters will rally for $15 and workers rights.
9:30 am: McDonald's, 19 E Yakima Ave, Yakima
Food service workers, immigrant workers, and other supporters will rally for $15 and workers rights at this fast food location.
9:45 am: McDonald's, 2202 W Court St, Pasco
Food service workers, immigrant workers, and other supporters will rally at this fast food location for $15 and workers rights
10:30 am: Percival Landing Park, 405 Columbia St NW, Olympia
Local workers & community supporters will gather at Percival Landing, then proceed to nearby corporate location to call for $15/hour, paid sick days, and workers rights
11:30 am: Sea-Tac Airport
Airport workers and supporters will gather in Sea-Tac Arrivals Hall, then proceed to Alaska Airlines ticket counter to highlight health & safety issues and poverty wages.
CULMINATING IN SEATTLE BECAUSE "$15 IS JUST THE BEGINNING. INEQUALITY ENDS WITH US"
2:00 pm: Occidental Park (S Main St & Occidental Ave S). Action at nearby corporate location
3:00 pm: Westlake Park (4th Ave & Pine St). Action and nearby corporate location
3:30 pm: Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave). Homecare workers and others will rally at Cal Anderson before joining the main group coming up from Westlake
4:00 pm: Seattle University (12th & Marion, Chapel of St Ignatius Reflecting Pool). Teach-in and more to send clear message: $15 is just the beginning. Inequality ends with us.
ADDITIONAL CITIES JOINING 4/15 MOBILIZATION
Actions are being planned in Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellingham, Aberdeen, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Shelton, Everett, Ellensburg, and Moses Lake. Stay tuned for details in the days ahead.
- Job growth in Washington State has led the nation since voters passed the country's highest statewide minimum wage law in 1998.
- 69% of Olympia voters support a $15 citywide minimum wage, as do 63% of voters nationally, according to recent polls.
- The April 15th national day of action will include tens of thousands of workers across the country calling for $15/hour and workers rights for all.
Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org